Digital Resources



Oxford Dictionary of Western Music by Richard Taruskin
Richard Taruskin, a renowned musicologist, has compiled this unparalleled account of the evolution of Western classical music.

New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Oxford Music Online)
In addition to the Oxford Dictionary of Music and the Oxford Companion to Music, this resource includes the New Grove Dictionary of Opera and New Grove Dictionary of Jazz

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International Index to Music Periodicals (full text)
You’ll find more than 400,000 entries of articles, obituaries, book and music reviews from 1999 to present.

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Orchestral Music Online
This resource grants students access to information on more than 6,700 works by 900 composers.

IMSLP Petrucci Music Library
Online database of public domain scores and parts for download.

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JSTOR Arts and Science (full text)
JSTOR is an archival database covering full runs of journal titles in full text for the past three to five years.

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RILM Abstracts of Music Literature (abstracts)
This collection of more than 350,000 entries archives articles, reviews, books, bibliographies, conference proceedings, dissertations, and Festschriten since 1967.

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Dance in Video
Here’s a comprehensive video series (500 hours) of dance productions and documentaries of some of the most influential performers and dance companies of the last century. Choose from ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance.

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Foundation Grants to Individuals
A database of funding sources for individuals in all disciplines.

Musical America
Stay abreast of industry happenings through a collection of industry news and performance reviews. You’ll also be able to find information about different artists and management.

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Encyclopedia Britannica

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Online Streaming

While on the Colburn School campus, you can pull up a variety of streaming audio files from these online resources. Remote access is also available for certain resources.

Digital Concert Hall—Berlin Philharmonic
Watch concerts from the Berlin Philharmonic in high definition, including live broadcasts. Or, pull up one from the hundreds of archived performances. There are also fascinating documentaries and bonus films.

Remote Access: To register for Berlin Concert Hall, students need to simply write an email to stating their name, email address, and Colburn School. You will receive a voucher code to redeem in the Digital Concert Hall.
Enjoy free concerts, operas, and ballets of some of our greatest artists without leaving campus. Via, students can watch live events for a limited time. The streaming website broadcasts hundreds of classical music events from more than 180 countries.

Remote Access: On the “presentation” page, click on the “Log In” button on the top right corner of the page and then enter your passcode in the third block named “Have an access code?”.
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Met Opera on Demand: Student Access
Access to more than 600 full-length Metropolitan Opera performances with the online streaming database for college and university libraries.

Remote access not available at this time.

DRAM stands for Database of Recorded American Music, and is an expansive reservoir of audio recordings, liner notes, and essays from New World, Composers Recordings, and other labels.

Remote Access: Select “Click here to login” for the album/track and choose the second tab, labeled “Login”. Enter the username and password below, which will enable playback of the selected track or album.

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NAXOS Music Library
One of the most comprehensive online libraries of classical music, the NAXOS Music Library boasts hundreds of labels and titles, some dating back to medieval times. There’s also modern, jazz, and electronic world music entries, and it’s continually updated, adding hundreds of CDs every year.

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Smithsonian Global Sound
Students can log into the Smithsonian Folkways record archive of musical and aural traditions from around the world.

American Song
Travel back in time through the American Song historical database of music. You’ll find songs detailing the experiences of American Indians, miners, immigrants, slaves, children, pioneers, and cowboys. Songs in this collection also express the sounds the Civil Rights movement, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Civil and Revolutionary Wars as well as anti-war protests.

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Library of Congress National Jukebox
The Library of Congress created the National Jukebox to make recordings available to the public free of charge. Among the selections is the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation.

Dance in Video
More than 200 videos showcase dance legends in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, experimental, and improvisational dance.

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